These candy jars are so simple to create, you can make them in less than 15 minutes! I love these candy jars because you can use them for a whole slew of different holidays just by swapping out the colored lids. This makes them both budget friendly and easy to store, as lids take up hardly any space at all.
Supplies to Make Candy Jars
- Old glass food jars with lids (like the ones below)
- Spray paint
- Colorful magnets
Step 1. Prep old food jars
Soak the jars in warm soapy water to remove the label.
Step 2. Remove residual glue
If glue is leftover after removing the label, mix cooking oil (vegetable, caonola, etc.) with baking soda in a 50/50 mix. Apply the paste over the glue and let sit for a few hours (or overnight), then scrub off.
Step 3. Paint the lids
Paint the lids with spray paint. Spray paint is your best option when painting over metal. Acrylic paints do not work well on metal.
Personally, I like Smucker’s jars because the lids have a plaid design which makes them look more unique. For these lids, choose a paint color that matches the plaid color. Next, tape the sides of the lid to protect it from the spray paint. Spray the top and you’re left with a cute plaid design on the side of the lid.
Step 4. Add your magnets
After the spray paint has dried for the amount of time instructed on the can, place a colorful magnet on the top of the lid.
Some people use drawer knobs and they do look nice, but the magnets are cheaper and they don’t require any drilling or gluing because they stick right to the metal lid.
Step 5. Lids for additional holidays
Save the lids from extra jars and spray paint them in other holiday colors so you can easily switch up your candy jars for each holiday season.
Author: Nicole Bolin
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